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WAVERLY—Junior Adam Squires (Waterloo, Columbus HS) fired a 1-under-par 71 to lead the 97-individual field while the Central College men’s golf team sits second after an opening round 301 at the 16-team Wartburg Invitational, which includes seven of the eight Iowa Conference schools.
Playing at the par-72, 6,614-yard Centennial Oaks Golf Club, the Dutch needed two more strokes than Mount Mercy Univ., which shot a 299 despite having one of its five players disqualified from Friday’s opening round.
“Squires played another good first round,” coach Chad Green said. “It was really windy today and he missed an 18-foot putt for birdie on 18, so it could’ve even been better. Of our team, he has the most experience on this course and he executed really well.”
Squires leads the medalist race by one stroke, while teammate David Watson (San Diego, Calif., Patrick Henry HS) is fourth after carding 73. Classmate Desmond Stoll (Lockport, N.Y.) shot 77, tying for 19th, while sophomore Jared Nepomuceno (Corona, Calif., Santiago HS) shot 80, tying for 44th. Junior Jon Prescott (Mendota, Ill.) rounded out the varsity lineup with 83.
“David had a solid round as well,” said Green. “As a team, we just missed out on having a really low score, but shooting a 301 on this course under these conditions is pretty good.
“If we play a little bit better tomorrow, we have a shot. We need to make a statement that we can go put together two good rounds.”
Central’s second squad, the White team, shot 311 and is sixth after round one. Sophomore Sam Houge (Urbandale) is tied for 15th with 76, followed by sophomore Walker Adams (Osceola, Clarke HS) and freshman Brock Morris (Manchester, West Delaware HS), who each carded 78. Senior Bryan Laraia (Ankeny) and junior Clay Curwin (Faribault, Minn., Shattuck St. Mary’s HS) finished with 79 apiece.
“It was another solid showing from the White team,” Green said. “They didn’t have to keep a score in the 80s, which is impressive.
“Sam didn’t hit the ball especially well, but grinded out 76. Brock showed a lot of mental strength. He got the shanks midway through the round, but was able to recover for a 78.”
Junior Tyler Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz., Salpointe Catholic HS) carded 82 as an individual.
Simpson is third with 304, followed by Wartburg’s 305 and Luther’s 308. Wartburg’s Michael Canfield and Carson Barron are tied for second individually with 72.
“We’re two shots out of first place, but it’s a two-day tournament,” Green said. “We need to go out there and take care of business Saturday. If we don’t, Friday doesn’t mean anything.”
Play resumes Saturday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.